CHESTER Liberal Democrats have selected former Hoole councillor Bob Thompson as their candidate for the upcoming General Election on December 12.

Mr Thompson, who previously stood as the candidate in 2015 in Chester, has been campaigning since the early 1990s.

A lifelong Chester FC supporter, Mr Thompson has for over 20 years been a Liberal Democrat councillor at parish, town, and city council level, before being elected as one of the councillors for Hoole in 2008 for the newly formed Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council.

Mr Thompson was one of the councillors willing to stand up against the proposed student village on greenbelt land in Blacon, and has led the campaign in Hoole to save The Elms Surgery and protect the high street.

Speaking following his selection as candidate, Bob Thompson said: “The Liberal Democrats are fighting this election to stop Brexit and build a brighter future. At this election, the Liberal Democrats can win in seats we have never won in before.

"The voters of Chester deserve a better choice than the tired old two parties, and the Liberal Democrats will provide that. We will transform the electoral map of the country, and give the public the chance to stay in the EU.”

The announcement means four candidates have so far entered the fight to win the City of Chester seat.

Other candidates standing are Chris Matheson for Labour, looking to retain the seat he won in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, Samantha George for the Conservatives and Andy Argyle for the Brexit Party.